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Ireland international Diane Caldwell will play for Manchester United for the rest of the season. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Ireland international Diane Caldwell will play for Manchester United for the rest of the season. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Ireland international Diane Caldwell will play for Manchester United for the rest of the season. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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BALBRIGGAN’S Republic of Ireland soccer star Diane Caldwell says she has realised a dream after agreeing a deal to join Women's Super League outfit Manchester United until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old centre-half spent the 2021 campaign playing alongside Denise O'Sullivan at North Carolina Courage in the USA and has had previous spells in Germany, Iceland and Norway, but now she is returning closer to home and joining a Red Devils team who are in the thick of the Women’s Super League title race across the water.

"Today is one of the most special moments in my life so far," she said. "As a lifelong United fan, it's a dream to sign for the club and it’s a big moment for me and my family.

"I’m so grateful to be here and will wear the badge with so much pride. The team are in great form, playing attractive football, and Marc (Skinner) is doing a fantastic job.

"I just can’t wait to meet everyone and get straight down to business on the pitch."

United boss Skinner will hope Caldwell's experience - she has been capped 84 times for her country - can keep United hot on the heels of current pace-setters Arsenal.

"Diane joins us as an experienced international defender who will really add to our back line during this second half of the season," Skinner said.

"She has great composure and versatility, and I have no doubt that she will be a fantastic asset to the team during her time here."

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